Villagers reject army camp homes plan

Joseph Bulmer

Scheme would affect everyone, says parish council chairman

FREMINGTON folk have given a resounding thumbs down to plans to build 277 homes on the former army camp in the village.

More than 300 people crammed into the Parish Hall last night (Monday) for a public meeting called by the parish council to discuss the controversial proposals.

After hearing the developers outline their scheme for the 42-acre site, the meeting was thrown open to the floor and a vote taken at the end unanimously recommended the parish council to reject the proposals.

Protester John Kelly said it was a tremendous example of public participation in action.

Parish council chairman Councillor Rodney Cann said the proposals as they stood would affect everyone in the village.

“I have never seen such a turnout to a public meeting,” he said. “Most residents are horrified by the proposal and the impact it would have on the whole village. The village centre would be lost in a forest of traffic lights and a bus stop would be sited right outside some ancient houses.”

The parish council met after the public meeting and unanimously recommended North Devon Council planners to reject the scheme, submitted by Fremington Developments LLP, which acquired the site from the Ministry of Defence.